Alexa can now whisper sweet nothings and cuss, kinda

April 29, 2017

… pitch, and rate of her speech. Amazon created a quiz game template on Github for developers to use to play with the new tags, giving them a shot to test them out before unleashing the new abilities in their own skills. So be nice to Alexa, Amazon users. The next time you ask her to do something, she might offer a friendly response … or she could just cuss you out in a series of extra-endearing bleeps. WATCH: Someone rigged Amazon Echo and Google Home to talk to each other and it’s …

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WH officials: Busy week, but no health care vote or shutdown

April 24, 2017

… before Friday. Officials would still like to see a vote happen, and the White House might still talk about it in the coming days, but legislative action is “highly unlikely, and we know that,” one official says. A senior administration official said there is now less pressure to get a vote to repeal and replace Obamacare this week. Last week, White House and congressional sources said the White House was eager to make another run at the issue before Trump reached “100 …

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William and Harry talk to Kate about the impact of their mum’s death

April 22, 2017

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry have spoken candidly about the impact of Princess Diana’s death on the their mental health in a new film as part of their Heads Together campaign to end mental health stigma. In the film above streamed on Facebook Live on the Royal Family’s account the three royals talk about the various pressures they’ve experienced in life, and the importance of speaking openly about mental health. Prince Harry says he thinks people …

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6 reasons you need to watch this British dating show immediately

April 21, 2017

… And, the wonderful thing is: that actually happens on the show. When Ibiba and Aarron share a lovely date together on the show, they talk about some very real feelings about their pasts. And, they later return to announce that they’re having their first baby together! When Scott and Victoria met on the show, they hit it off straight away. After 3 weeks they moved in together. They returned to First Dates for another special moment. Awwwwww! 3. You’ll hear people’s life …

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Utah Physician Says She’ll Happily Do The Job Jason Chaffetz Won’t

April 21, 2017

… common purpose to oppose what [President Donald Trump] stands for. paid, out-of-state protesters. Then came Chaffetzs comment that low-income Americans In just two days, Allen Crowdpac fundraising page, with more than 14,000 individual donations, including from former television talk-show host In a post to Facebook,Chaffetz said he planned to spend more time with his family and return to the private sector. He also said he has no ulterior motives, that he is confident he would have been …

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Lady Gaga FaceTimed Prince William to talk about the stigma surrounding mental health

April 20, 2017

… refreshingly honest about seeking counselling after his mother’s death “For me, waking up every day and feeling sad and going on stage is something that is very hard to describe. There’s a lot of shame attached to mental illness. You feel like something’s wrong with you,” Gaga told the prince. “I feel like we’re not hiding any more. We’re starting to talk. And that’s what we need to do really,” Gaga continued. Gaga told William that …

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Virgin Money chief: Dealing with depression made me stronger – BBC News

April 19, 2017

… when I read the Harry Potter books and saw the Dementors, that is how depression felt to me – that sort of a thing that comes into your life and sucks all of your energy out of it – and I just felt hopeless. “I didn’t know where to go, I didn’t know what to do do, who to talk to and at that point, everybody expects you to be happy and thrilled.” Healthier balance After many months of suffering – at one point, Ms Gadhia was convinced her baby daughter was …

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This Little Detail Could Cause A Government Shutdown

April 19, 2017

Congress in December extended health coverage for retired miners and their widows, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) promised the Senate would vote to permanently fund it when the next deadline came around. The Senate has enough votes for permanently fixing miner benefits, but the House is a different story. talk of a 20-month extension instead of a permanent fix is floating around the chamber, according to multiple sources. No one in leadership would confirm it, and the …

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‘I ignored my mum’s death, just like Prince Harry’ – BBC News

April 19, 2017

… it’s so important. “I feel relieved and a lot calmer. I still have bad days but I now know if I’m going into one it will pass and I know who to contact and who to talk to. “It doesn’t seem so overwhelming or daunting now.” Andy Savage, 37, from Nantwich, Cheshire, was 12 when his mum, Diane, died from a blood clot in her lung. Image copyright Andy Savage Image caption Andy, pictured with step-daughter Emily, says that, like Prince Harry, he had a …

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Prince William says keeping a stiff upper lip can damage health – BBC News

April 18, 2017

… role models opening up about their mental health, including grime artist Stormzy. “The recent interview by Stormzy about his depression was incredibly powerful and will help young men feel that it’s a sign of strength to talk about and look after your mind as well as your body,” he said. ‘Close to breakdown’ He added that he and the Duchess of Cambridge wanted their children – George and Charlotte – to grow up able to talk about their emotions and …

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Here’s how iconic director John Waters ended up playing iconic director William Castle in ‘Feud’

April 17, 2017

… its resetting the story to get us to the end. So I felt like it was an important episode in terms of everythings sort of in a minor key, its paying off some character moments and its really rearranging the furniture and resetting the stage for the ending. I think it was good that one of the executive producers was there for that one, because its important to reset the table the right way so that we can go out big. Also, I got to direct John Waters, so I was pretty excited about that! Lets talk …

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‘The Fate of the Furious’ director on Jason Statham’s journey from villain to kinda-hero

April 16, 2017

… and so, again, youll have a little more humor in a different way. And you dont want to reinvent the wheel because its such a successful franchise. You want definitely to have your voice heard, but its collaborative. The balance of what you saw was team team team team team, Gary where for lack of a better word, it sounds clich, kind of the family of creators that put that on the screen. Charlize Theron and director F. Gary Gray talk on the set of The Fate of the Furious. Image: universal …

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‘Star Wars: Battlefront II’ ditches the Season Pass (maybe) and its fractured community

April 16, 2017

… over its lifetime, with the DLC and everything, we decided, ‘You know what? For this type of game, season passes are not the best thing. We need to [take it apart] and come up with something better.” It’s clear that this decision was rooted in a core idea: “We don’t want to segment our community,” Diemer said. “I cannot talk about the specifics of this, but we have something different in mind that will allow you to play longer, be [more] invested in the …

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This woman wants to open the world’s first Vagina Museum

April 11, 2017

… anatomy. Indeed, a 2014 study by Eve Appeal revealed that only half of UK women aged between 26 and 35 were able to accurately label a vagina on a diagram. 65 percent of young women admitted to having a problem using the words “vagina” and “vulva”. And 40 percent of 16 to 25 year olds use code names like “lady parts” to discuss their gynaecological health. “People don’t want to talk about vaginas and many don’t want others to,” says …

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Shell corruption probe: New evidence on oil payments – BBC News

April 10, 2017

… Beurden called the now former chief financial officer Simon Henry to discuss the raid. That call was recorded by Dutch law enforcement officials and has been heard by the BBC. On that call, Ben van Beurden said that Shell’s own investigation had turned up correspondence from the former MI6 officers which he described as “just pub talk in emails which was stupid but nevertheless it’s there” and acknowledged they were “really unhelpful”. ‘Doubled …

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His name was Henry Summers – but who was he? – BBC News

April 9, 2017

… talk about parents and pensioners as if they are conversation-starters about social issues. But the way someone dies isn’t a summary of their whole life. Who was Henry Summers? A year after his body was found, I wanted to find out who Henry Summers had been during his 80-something years of life. My detective work was for a BBC Radio Scotland documentary and it began with the reports of the incident in the local papers. Journalist John Connell had interviewed neighbours at the time the …

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Trump’s online fans are ditching him after missile strike in Syria

April 8, 2017

Trump's intervention has fiercely divided supporters.Image: AP/REX/Shutterstock Dont look now, but there seem to be some serious cracks appearing in Trumps most ardent support on the internet. On Reddit and 4chan Friday, all the talk has been of the presidents recent intervention in Syria, and some of his most die hard fans are not best pleased. SEE ALSO: The internet slams Steve King’s straight-up racist tweet The president ordered a missile strike on a Syrian airfield Thursday …

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New Jersey teen gets accepted by all 8 Ivy League schools

April 5, 2017

(CNN)talk about an embarrassment of riches. A New Jersey teenager has to make a decision soon most high school seniors can only dream of — deciding on which Ivy League school to attend in the fall. The problem, if you want to call it that, is that she was accepted into all of them. All eight of them. Ifeoma White-Thorpe said she was shaking when she got the eighth acceptance letter. …

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Bite off Trump’s head and raise money for Planned Parenthood with these lollipops

March 30, 2017

… will be donated to the International Planned Parenthood Federation. Image: smith & sinclair In January, Donald Trump reinstated the Mexico City Policy, known as the global gag rule, which prevents non-governmental organisations working abroad from receiving federal funding for family planning if they perform abortions or even talk to their clients about abortion. The lollies come in two flavours butterscotch and sea salt, and strawberry and mint. Priced at 5 ($6.23), the lollies are …

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RISE wants to battle lionfish with robots

March 29, 2017

… classrooms where they not only talk about their work, but offer hands-on science demonstrations. “It’s such an integral part of RISE mission…We’re trying to reach these kids with knowledge. Ultimately, were going to be relying on these kids to save planet for next generation,” said Erika Angle. …

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‘Business and politics are inseparable’ says our favorite Silicon Valley tweeter

March 25, 2017

Box CEO Aaron LevieImage: RICHARD DREW/ASSOCIATED PRESS Box CEO Aaron Levie isn’t one to keep his mouth shut, providing often witty commentary on Twitter, at conferences and on television about Silicon Valley and the state of the industry. SEE ALSO: What CEOs are saying about the Muslim ban, and what they actually mean In the last two years, it’s been a lot of talk on Trump and politics. On Thursday, the enterprise startup CEO (@levie) spoke on CNBC’s Closing Bell and …

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Porsche’s massive bonus scheme shows employers how it’s done

March 24, 2017

… workers, janitors, senior staff, engineers, cafeteria workers, and so forth. talk about #careergoals. That sort of generosity would be nice to find in the well-endowed corporations of America. “For Porsche, 2016 was an eventful, emotional and, above all, highly successful year,” Oliver Blume, chairman of the executive board of Porsche AG, said in a statement. “The expertise and passion of our staff forms the basis of a successful future for Porsche.” More From this …

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Trump’s wiretapping accusation comes to a head at Comey hearing

March 20, 2017

… his administration that he is unlikely to pay a heavy price among his devoted supporters. Trump on wiretapping: talk to Fox News But the episode has again raised questions about whether Trump’s penchant for defying facts and evidence that helped him in his campaign could exert a significant price on his presidency. RELATED: Why Trump just can’t (and probably won’t) quit the wiretap story Some observers believe Trump is eroding credibility that he will need to …

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Bikers and barbers on suicide patrol – BBC News

March 17, 2017

… in Torquay, men are directed to the Samaritans, Mind and suicide prevention charity Papyrus, and made aware of local free counselling. Tom knows he can’t turn every barber into a counsellor, but he does want men to know that barbershops are a safe place to talk. The collective is now training hairdressing students to adopt their approach and there are plans to develop an app. And the efforts appear to be working. Just the other day a bearded, tattooed biker gang leader came by to chat. …

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Dems Say They’ll Help Trump Fix Obamacare If He Stops Trying To Kill It

March 17, 2017

… no mistake that theyll create it by sabotaging the current health care system, step by step, Murray said. Weve already seen it start to happen and Democrats will be ready to hold Republicans accountable and make clear exactly whats going on and whos responsible. And Democrats say all the talk of collapse weakens the GOPs ability to carry out that sabotage in a manner that wont be painfully obvious to the public and easily highlighted by Democrats. If the repeal-and-replace gambit fails, and …

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